Soon: 1st-ever US plan to help children in adversity

    Children rescued from human trafficking. The United States will unveil a comprehensive action plan to guide its work to help children trapped in adversity around the globe. Photo by: André Roussel / USAID / Benin / CC BY-NC-SA

    The United States will unveil Dec. 19 a comprehensive action plan to guide its work to help children trapped in adversity around the globe.

    The U.S. Government Action Plan on Children in Adversity is the first-ever document of its kind launched by the donor country. It’s a science-based strategy that highlights the link between the well-being of children and a country’s social and economic progress.

    The plan was drafted by the U.S. Agency for International Development in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of State, Agriculture, Defense, Health and Human Services and the Peace Corps. It is also informed by output from the scientific, academic and faith-based groups, and nonprofit communities. The plan is expected to have three core objectives:

    • Build strong beginnings by increasing the percentage of children who reach their full developmental potential.

    • Put family care first and reduce the percentage of children who live outside family care.

    • Protect children and reduce the percentage of boys and girls exposed to exploitation and violence.

    The action will be launched at the White House in an event to be led by USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah. A briefing hosted by a coalition of U.S.-based implementing and advocacy organizations, Children in Adversity Policy Partnership, will precede the formal launch. The launch will be streamed live on the White House website while the briefing event can be watched through this link.

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    • Ivy Mungcal

      As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.